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Betsy Ross/Aramingo Interchange Update: Winter 2015/16

Dec 29, 2015

Ramp Construction this Winter at the B. Ross Bridge/Aramingo Interchange

January 2016 -- Crews this winter on PennDOT’s $160.2 million project to improve the Interstate 95 interchange at the Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Avenue Interchange are setting beams and beginning deck construction on several new ramps.

Current construction at the interchange is being done under the first of five contracts to improve access between I-95,  Aramingo Avenue and the Betsy Ross Bridge and rebuild and widen almost one mile of I-95 — and its bridges — adjacent to the interchange.

In December 2015, beams were set for a section of the new ramp from I-95 south to the bridge (left). The remaining beams, which will rise over top of I-95 to a connection with the bridge, will be set in early 2016 following completion of the support pier being built in the I-95 median. Workers will then begin placing the deck steel for the structure, preparing the ramp for concrete placement next spring.

Beam setting for a second ramp, one that will carry traffic from Aramingo Avenue to the bridge, also began late in the year and continues into early 2016. This ramp crosses over top of Aramingo Avenue from a large embankment that was build on the west side of Aramingo Avenue. Traversing the ramp complex between Aramingo Avenue and I-95 atop several towering piers, it will connect with the new ramp from I-95 south to the bridge where is crosses over I-95.

Piers for both of these ramps already are in place on the east side of I-95.

Also on the east side of the interstate, crews have demolished parts of the ramp stub that was built during construction of the bridge in the 1970’s. The ramp will be modified for use as a new ramp from the bridge to Aramingo Avenue.

Piers are in place in the ramp complex between Aramingo Avenue and I-95 for a new, wider ramp from Aramingo Avenue to I-95 south (right). The old ramp was closed in December 2015, allowing crews to complete the remaining piers.  The closed ramp to I-95 south will be demolished this winter and work will begin to replace it with a wider structure.

And construction is expected to be completed this winter on a large, pre-cast box culvert through the interchange area that will carry storm water to a controlled outfall in the adjacent Frankford Creek (left photo).

PennDOT will maintain three travel lanes in each direction on I-95 at the interchange during construction; however, overnight lane closures may occur during traffic pattern changes and for stages of construction in the center of the interstate.

PennDOT’s contractor will work through fall 2017 to rebuild most of the existing ramps at the interchange and to build new ramps to connect the bridge and Aramingo Avenue. That work includes:

•     Constructing a new ramp to carry westbound traffic from the Betsy Ross Bridge over I-95 to Aramingo Avenue;

•     Building a new ramp to carry Aramingo Avenue traffic to the Betsy Ross Bridge;

•     Widening the bridge on the ramp carrying northbound I-95 traffic to Aramingo Avenue;

•     Widening and replacing the bridge deck on the ramp over Aramingo Avenue, Conrail and Frankford Creek that carries Aramingo Avenue traffic to I-95 South;

•     Relocating and replacing the ramp carrying southbound traffic over I-95 to the Betsy Ross Bridge;

•     Rehabilitating the bridge on the ramp carrying southbound I-95 traffic to Aramingo Avenue;  and       

    Widening and replacing the bridge deck over Aramingo Avenue that carries traffic from the northbound and southbound I-95 and westbound Betsy Ross Bridge to Aramingo Avenue.

Additional to the relocation of the storm sewer culvert, the initial contract includes installation of new traffic signals along Richmond Street in the vicinity of the interchange; relocating Philadelphia Gas Works’ gas mains under abandoned Thompson Street;  relocating PECO Energy underground electric lines under abandoned Thompson Street and removing the abandoned Thompson Street bridge over Frankford Creek.